Monthly Archives: May 2014

Birthday Fireworks

Tonight I watched some birthday fireworks along with two friends who share my birthday.

In Cake Time, which I posted yesterday, I mentioned that I was thinking of birthday cakes.

Birthday Cake M&M's, M&M flavors, Birthday TimeAt Target today I ran across some Birthday Cake M&M’s. I just had to buy some. Those of you who know my love for M&M’s will appreciate this. The M&M’s were very sweet. A little too sweet for me, but I did have some Birthday Cake.

Birthday Dinner, Hot Dog, Broccoli Salad, ChipsWe had a potluck before the fireworks this evening. I had a hotdog, some broccoli salad and some chips. I washed it all down with some lemonade before having watermelon for dessert: How to Eat Watermelon

Red Towel, Red Tablecloth, Red Blanket, MemoriesThen it was time to head off to the park to watch the Apricot Fiesta fireworks.

I spread out my red blanket. Not sure if I should call it a blanket as the original use of this item was a table cloth. You can find it being used for that purpose in my post yesterday: Cake Time

I have used it as a towel, beach towel, tablecloth, blanket and a few other things over the years.

Now for the fireworks:

Patterson Fireworks, Apricot Fiesta, 2014 Fireworks, Birthday FireworksPatterson Fireworks, Apricot Fiesta, 2014 Fireworks, Birthday FireworksPatterson Fireworks, Apricot Fiesta, 2014 Fireworks, Birthday FireworksPatterson Fireworks, Apricot Fiesta, 2014 Fireworks, Birthday FireworksPatterson Fireworks, Apricot Fiesta, 2014 Fireworks, Birthday FireworksThe last picture is at the beginning of the grand finale. The pictures after this one are pretty much washed out.

Which fireworks picture is your favorite?

I have enjoyed going back through my pictures from this evening while listening to some great jazz music by Adi Meyerson.

A nice ending to my birthday.


Cake Time

It is that time of year again to think of birthday cakes.

Not sure exactly if I will have any cake on my birthday, but I always think about cake. When I was young my mom would always make my birthday cake.

My mom made cakes for many other people as well. From birthday to wedding and anniversary cakes. It seems like they were always around.

So, here are a few pictures of my birthday cakes.

2nd birthday cake, ottumwa, Iowa, Lincoln streetThis birthday cake was made before my mom went to classes to learn how to decorate cakes. It is still a nice cake, and I know that I didn’t care what it looked like. I am sure that since I was just two I simply enjoyed stuffing my face with it 🙂

Birthday Cake, 7th birthday, indian tepee cake, birthday party, ottumwa lagoon parkFast forward now to when I turned seven. Here is my birthday cake for a party at what we called lagoon park or curly slide park. For more see: Fun at the Park

Here I have a cake that is an Indian tepee. My mom had a great idea to make this cake. The pan she used was usually for making a doll cake. The tepee shape is the dress and a doll head would be placed on top. It worked great to make the tepee.

Birthday cake, baseball, birthday partyYou can count the candles and see that this is the cake for my ninth birthday. By that time I was into baseball and I had another birthday at the park. I am wearing the same shirt as I am in my Fun at the Park post, so probably at the same place.Ice Cream Ball, Birthday Party, Party at the park, icecreamIt looks like I have a second cake here, but it is actually an ice-cream ball that is decorated. Of course, it is made with my favorite type of ice-cream. Vanilla! Hmm, I just might have to have some before bed.

10th Birthday Cake, Stamps, Baseball, books, music, ottumwa, iowaThis cake is a bit harder to see. It is the one for my tenth birthday, and has stamps, books, baseball and music elements. Of course, you can see that I am in my baseball uniform and probably had a game that day. I have also acquired glasses since the last birthday.

For more about my baseball playing days see: Baseball Memories

Facebook and e-mail are starting to light up with birthday wishes from around the world. I may have to count up the countries tomorrow.

Do you have memories of your childhood birthday cakes?